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2019 was an exciting year for APRIL Group, with many of our sustainability and CSR achievements receiving notable recognition from various organizations in Indonesia. Have a look at some of the highlights:

Sustainable Business Awards (SBAs) of Indonesia
Held since 2012, the Sustainable Business Awards (SBAs) recognizes leadership in sustainable business practices. In January, APRIL was announced as the winner of the Best UN Sustainable Development Goals Program Award at the SBAs of Indonesia. The SBAs are a good indicator for APRIL to calculate and measure the impact of our investment into SDGs.

The future of traditional arts can be guaranteed through continuous promotion. In this era of information saturation and ubiquitous technology use, an arts and culture week (“Pekan Seni Budaya”) can be a great opportunity to introduce cultural diversity to the younger generation and preserve our cultural heritage.

With this premise, Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (RAPP) held Culture Week (PSB) 2019 in Pangkalan Kerinci, Pelalawan from October 20 to 26, 2019. The event carried the theme of “Maintaining Harmony in Riau Complex with Performing Arts and Culture”.

Lucita Jasmin, APRIL Director of Sustainability and External Affairs, and Brad Sanders, APRIL Deputy Head of Conservation were recently featured as part of the panel to discuss the company’s Restorasi Ekosistem Riau (RER) project on a webinar hosted by Innovation Forum.

The webinar, which was moderated by Toby Webb, founder of Innovation Forum, was titled ‘How does landscape conservation/restoration work on the ground? An Indonesian case study’.

At APRIL Group, we care about the education received by our employees’ children, as well as by the communities surrounding APRIL’s operational areas.

Due to this, in 2003, APRIL established foundations specifically to manage three schools: Global Andalan, Taruna Andalan, and Mutiara Harapan School (SMH).

Global Andalan and Taruna Andalan use the national curriculum of Indonesia, while SMH combines the national curriculum as well as that of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, making it the only school in Riau which offers the IB program.

All three RAPP-assisted schools have received ‘A’ accreditation by the National Accreditation Board, meaning that they meet all the standards set by a peer review board.

However, these schools would be non-existent without the enthusiastic and inspiring teachers who teach there.

APRIL Teachers

We put the spotlight on six young teachers who teach in our RAPP schools. They talk about why they chose teaching as a career and how they handle the challenges of educating Generation Alpha.